FINDING DORY is definitely, positively, without any doubt, one of Pixar’s best films. I know your entire family will love it!
Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away but along with Nemo and Marlin, Dory gets help from a shape changing (and scene stealing) octopus named Hank. Hank’s real motivation is to grab Dory’s tag so he can live out his life in the aquarium instead of being returned to the open sea. Hank is hysterical! His plans are constantly ruined and waiting for his next plot to develop makes you smile. The story will keep you guessing, laughing, shedding a few tears and smiling when you see Dory with all of her friends. Friends that also include a blind shark, a whale with a tiny bit of head trauma and no sense of direction, and a couple of lazy sea lions.
All Pixar films share a message. Finding Dory is no different. It will teach us all about the real meaning of family. It will teach us that family can be found in the oddest places. Along with that message I think Finding Dory will also teach children that it’s o.k. to be different. Challenges and disabilities are everywhere. Believe in yourself and you can do anything!